Returnable Girl by Pamela Lowell features a headstrong foster child named Veronica (Ronnie) who "has been returned nine times between the ages of eleven and thirteen." Just where does Ronnie belong? (Read my review of Returnable Girl.)
Author Pamela Lowell put a lot of heart and time into her story. She recently spoke with me about it.
How long was the journey from the first seed of inspiration to full bloom publication?
Let's see. This journey began many years ago, with a young foster child who was only six at the time. My first real encounter with the "system." Seed of inspiration. That said, the original manuscript was about twice as long (not a young adult novel) when it became obvious that Ronnie was going to steal the show. I lopped off about 100 pages and started again. About a year to write. A couple of months to sell. Another year to do editor's re-writes. So depending upon how you do the math, either fourteen years or two and a half.
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For more information regarding Pamela Lowell's social work and writing, please visit pamelalowell.com